Please list in the comments any other courses you'd recommend or would like to share. We've already added one shared with us in the comments! We also have a full list of regularly available PDC courses in the Northeast on our resources page if these dates, times and locations are not convenient.
Permaculture Design and Practice - UMass Amherst
A great opportunity to build your portfolio and gain skills in permaculture design by touring existing projects and then working as a team to design a permaculture homestead. This three-credit course includes in-class lectures, field trips, design studio and a hands-on field component, to offer students a deepened practice in permaculture design process and techniques. The course culminates with students completing their own permaculture design for a site in the pioneer valley. The framework behind the theory and practice of permaculture is rooted in the observation of natural systems. By observing key ecological relationships, we can mimic and apply these beneficial relationships in the design of systems that serve humans while helping to regenerate the natural world. This course trains students as critical thinkers, observers, and analysts of the world(s) around them, and provides tools needed to design for positive change.
Successful completion of this course and PLSOILIN 197G in the fall semester will enable students to be eligible for the internationally recognized permaculture design certificate.
- For more information and to sign up for the course go to: http://www.umassulearn.net/component/cpeclasses/?view=class&clid=11195&pid=158
- For the syllabus see: http://www.justfoodnow.org/PermSummerClass.pdf
- Part of the Certificate in Sustainable Food and Farming at Umass, Amherst
- Click here for a full list of permaculture courses offered at Umass
Important Dates; Last Day to: Register 7/11, Drop 7/12, Withdraw 7/26
Full refund through 7/12 (registration fee not refundable)
No refund after 7/12
F.E.A.S.T. Permaculture Design Course (the course we took!)
This weekend permaculture design course moves from principles and patterns to details in a supportive, respectful and collaborative atmosphere to promote rapid learning of whole systems design. The course will center around experiential learning and hands-on skill building, including local field trips where we will see theory in action.
The course will conclude with a design practicum, where participants will work in small groups to develop a design for the course client.
Dates and Cost:
September 7,8, 28, 29
October 18 (evening only), 19, 20
November 2, 3, 16, 17, 30
December 1, 7 (make up day in case of bad weather)
$998 early bird price
$1250 after August 1st
Tons of info, testimonials, and registration instructions on the website here: http://permaculturefeast.org/
Earth Activist Training
Prospect Rock Permaculture Center,
September 7-21, 2013
Instructors: Starhawk, Charles Williams, Keith Morris, Lisa DePiano, and Skotty Kellogg
A two-week permaculture design certificate course with a focus on organizing and activism, and a grounding in earth based spirituality. Learn how to heal soil and cleanse water, how to design human systems that mimic natural systems, using a minimum of energy and resources and creating real abundance and social justice. Explore the strategies and organizing tools we need to make our visions real, and the daily practice, magic and rituals that can sustain our spirits. Participatory, hands-on teaching with lots of ritual, games, projects, songs, and laughs along with an intensive curriculum in ecological design.
Visit the EAT course information page and sample schedule for details on this course.